Thursday, April 24, 2014

espresso | meet lucia

Those of you who have been around for a while probably feel like you know Lucia well - she has, after all, been working closely with us for about twenty years now!  Here's another way to get to know her before ESPRESSO opens: through her "story a day" project.

Check out and click "Daily Story" to get glimpses into Lucia's life and storytelling.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

april 27 | bonsai love book release | diane tucker

PT board member Diane Tucker is releasing her latest book of poetry, titled BONSAI LOVE, this weekend.  Details and a beautiful video trailer for the book below.

Sunday, April 27 at 7pm
Cottage Bistro - 4470 Main Street

april 23 | 24 hour shakespeare project | john emmet tracy

THE SEAFARER's John Emmet Tracy is taking on a big project: he's taking 38 of Shakespeare's plays, adapting them down to 30-minute versions, and performing them as a fundraiser for BC Children's Hospital on Shakespeare's 450th birthday.  Below is the information about the show, as well as a piece of John's story of why he's doing this.  What an amazing cause!

A Benefit for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation
Wednesday, April 23, 12 noon – Thursday, April 24, 12 noon
The Blake Snyder Theatre at GO Studios
#210-112 East 3rd Avenue, Vancouver

A 24-hour staged reading of all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays to benefit BC Children's Hospital, taking place on April 23, 2014: Shakespeare's 450th Birthday.

On William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, April 23, 2014, actors, media personalities, pro athletes, community leaders, volunteers and audience members will come together as part of a very special event: a 24-hour staged reading performance of all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays. The money raised by the 24 Hour Shakespeare Project will benefit the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.


In 2008, my then two-and-a-half year old son Finnian underwent surgery at BC Children’s Hospital to correct a coarctation of his aorta. Inspired by the outstanding treatment, pain management and personal care and guidance afforded to Finn and our family during our 9-day stay at the Hospital, I became determined to create a fundraiser in order to contribute in some way to this tremendously important institution.

As a professional actor with many years of experience performing, studying and teaching Shakespeare’s plays, it was clear to me that I would build this fundraiser around Shakespeare’s work. Combining my love for this material with my passion to offer something back to BC Children’s Hospital was a clear decision for me.


This event will be a 24-hour, continuous staged reading. Some of the plays will be presented in unique styles through the added use of music, masks, dance, puppetry, reverse-gender casting and traditional storytelling forms such as Italy’s Commedia dell’arte of the 16th century.

Performers will hold a copy of the play and interact with one another while reading from the text. Professional actors, as well as local celebrities such as athletes, media personalities and community leaders will be donating their time to perform in order to attract audiences and monetary pledges from individuals, businesses and corporate entities. Audience admission will be by suggested donation of $15 per adult/$5 per child of 5-12 years.

Performers will stay for one or more of the plays, while I will remain onstage, performing for the entire 24-hour period. There will be very brief breaks in between each play or groups of plays. The performance venue, The Blake Snyder Theatre, has been generously donated by Michael Coleman and Sean Dickenson of School Creative.

Monday, April 21, 2014

may 23, 24 | write vancouver

Write Vancouver, a power-packed writers' conference, challenges emerging and experienced writers of all ages to reach for excellence.

The third annual Vancouver writers' conference offers a rare opportunity for writers to boost their competence and connections. Write Vancouver will take place on May 23 and 24, 2014. It is sponsored by The Word Guild.

This year's Friday night literary soiree promises to be a unique celebration. One of the world's foremost evangelical thinkers, lecturer, and author of about 50 books and countless articles, the Venerable Canon Dr. J. I. Packer, will attend. The evening will kick off with a delicious four-course dinner, followed by a celebration of Dr. Packer, one of Canada's living treasures. The evening will wrap up with a lighthearted discussion, "God, Mr. Darcy, and the Need for Iconic Characters," featuring agent and author Karen Ball and a surprise guest.

Write Vancouver's Saturday line-up features an array of workshops in the areas of fiction and nonfiction writing, crowdsourcing, getting published, and developing a professional writing career-to name a few. The faculty are some of the "best in the business."

Find all the information and online registration at

Tapestry UBC - 3338 Wesbrook Mall on the UBC campus.

june 11 - 17 | image, memory, and meaning | betty spackman

Exploring Image Making from the Inside-out with 
Becky Spackman

Images are not just a record of what we see but how we see. Betty will be drawing from her multi media experience and years of teaching to introduce, through a series of four directed workshops, and more, some alternative approaches to exploring both our seeing and our personal vision.

In the intimate setting at Betty’s ‘temporary B&B’ in small town Alberta, with just a few fellow artists, sharing meals and conversation, we will explore the heart of our art and then adventure into parts of the prairie landscape.

Betty Spackman, MFA is a Multi media instillation artist and painter who has exhibited internationally and taught art at various Universities and Community Arts programs for over 20 years. Her work often centres on cultural objects and the stories connected to them with a current focus on issues of animal/human relations. She has a background in Theatre, Animation, Performance Art and Video Art, Illustration, and Writing. 

Dates: June 11-17, 2014
Limit: 5 Participants
Fee: $750 plus Travel
Fee includes B&B style 
17 meals 
4 Workshops
Daily Critiques
Bring your art supplies

Thursday, April 17, 2014

throwback thursday | espresso

Bringing back the Throwback Thursday fun!  We're getting things in place for ESPRESSO next month and came across these photos from the 2003 production.  We can't WAIT to bring this astounding play back to our stage as a closer to our 30th anniversary season.

celebrating 30 years of theatre | video

Here is the final instalment of our 30th anniversary celebration videos. Here we had our artists and audience tell us what their favourite PT memories are.

Thanks to Carolyn Arends, Nelson Boschman, Diane Brown, Erla Faye Forsyth, Rory Holland, Dave Jennings, Paul Kirby, Julie McIsaac, Sarah Rodgers, Brent Unrau, and Kerry van der Griend for participating in the video!

Monday, April 14, 2014

may 5 - aug 1 | summer theatre administrator | gallery 7 theatre

Our Abbotsford sister company Gallery 7 Theatre is looking for summer Theatre Administrator! If you are a current student interested in working in Theatre or know someone who is this is a fantastic opportunity for some hands on experience with a great company. 

Gallery 7 Theatre is searching for an enthusiastic post-secondary student with an interest in Theatre and Arts Administration to work as a Theatre Administrator as part of a 13-week summer contract commencing May 5th and ending August 1, 2014. This position is contingent on receiving funding from the Canada Summer Jobs program.

All current university students who intend to return to school in the fall, who are interested in pursuing a career in performance or arts administration, and who have a passion for theatre in particular, are invited to apply. The complete job posting can be found here.

The application deadline is fast approaching so interested students are invited to submit their resume and a covering letter via email only to by 5:00 PM on April 25, 2014. To help facilitate the application process, only those people we wish to interview will be contacted. As well, please no telephone inquiries.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

march 28 - may 17 | the diary of anne frank | rosebud theatre

Our sister company Rosebud Theatre is presenting THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK! Enjoy a meal and a performance out in the beautiful rural town of Rosebud, Alberta. While you are there check out the art galleries, shopping, and a-la-carte restaurant Wild Horse Jack's Bistro and Grill. 

A Classic for the Entire Family

Her heart would not be hidden.

Stowed away in a secret annex, Anne Frank recorded the true account of her family living more than two years in hiding from the Nazis during World War II. Confronting the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination, Anne Frank emerges from history as an intensely gifted young girl whose spirit would not be stifled by her circumstance. Her insistent belief in the goodness of others is a humbling yet uplifting reminder of the bright lights that shine even in our darkest times. 

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK plays March 28 to May 17 Wed - Sat.

Rosebud Theatre Opera House in Rosebud, Alberta. 
Evenings - 8pm with meal seating between 5:30 - 6:30.
Matinees - 1:30pm with meal seating between 11:00 - 12:30. 
Tickets at or Box Office 1-800-267-7553

old time gospel radio hour | set lists

My suggestion? If you've got tickets for the show, but haven't seen it yet, do yourself a favour and skip this post for now. Come on back once you've seen it, then check out the sources. Much more fun to just let it have its surprises.

But for those of you who've seen the show - or can't see it - here's a rundown of the pieces used in Old Time Gospel Radio Hour.


Turn Your Radio On (Albert E. Brumley 1938)

Every Humble Knee (traditional)

John The Baptist
from Cotton Patch Gospel, by Tom Key

God Don’t Like It (Blind Willie McTell 1935)

Aimee Semple McPherson
Actual Hearst Metronome News newsreel of Sister McPherson speaking on Temperance

Advertisement: Republic Wines
by Peter Church and Ron Reed

Mountain Of Troubles (Kathleen Nisbett)

Charlie "Bulldog" Wireman
Unbelievably, a true story, edited from the testimony of Tennessee's baddest man

Get on your knees and Pray (Bill Monroe)

Working On A Building

Winston's Cow Polish
Community Corner
Pierre's Dream Cream
Written mostly by Peter Church and his other radio theatre pals back in Toronto,
with a bit or two by Ron Reed

Starry Crown (traditional)

from Tent Meeting, by Morris Ertman and Ron Reed

Out Of The Wilderness (traditional) 

Softly and Tenderly (Will L. Thompson)

Sweet Heaven In My View (The Carter Family)


Baseball Game In The Sky
from the film Radio Days, by Woody Allen

Life is a Ball Game (Sister Wynona Carr 1952)

Acme Ambiguous
Peter Church & friends

Hear Jerusalem Moan (traditional)

Hugo's Testimony
from God's Man In Texas, by David Rambo

Drifting Too Far From Shore (Charles E. Moody)

Daybreak In Dixie (The Stanley Brothers)

Advertisement: Artisan Church
by Kenton Klassen and Ron Reed

Cowboy Of The Cross
edited from various posts at the Cowboys Of The Cross website

You Must Come in at the Door (Sunny Skyler / Doc Watson)

Scripture Cake
freely adapted by Peter Church from a traditional recipe found at

Old Bond Medicated Powder
Peter Church & friends

Power In The Blood (Lewis E. Jones 1899)

Gospel Birds
by Garrison Keillor

Bright Morning Stars (traditional)

Over In The Glory Land (James Acuff)


All songs performed by Viper Central

Readings performed by Peter Church, Ron Reed, Kenton Klassen, Kaitlin Williams, Barbara Kozicki

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

announcing pt summer theatre school

We're doing it again!  Our Summer Theatre Schools are growing in popularity every year, so this July we're bringing back instructor Kerri Norris to do a week of kids and a week of teens theatre camps.  Check out the website for more information.